Sunday, August 28, 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016

Skywatch Friday 161





Beautiful weather Sunday -- only 72F, breezy and partly
 cloudy . . . A perfect day to spend wandering the Arboretum!



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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thursday Thirteen 428: Travel the World



01. Armenia
02. Belgium
03. Berlin
04. Cambridge
05. Denmark
06. Florence
07. Lebanon
08. Luxemburg
09. Rome
10. Tripoli
11. Wales
12. Waterloo
13. Windsor


Wisconsin . . . where you can travel the world without leaving the state!




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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Wordless Wednesday 231: Calico Cutie





NOT my cat, but one I see frequently on walks --
she always comes to greet me.




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Teaser Tuesday 325: Third Girl

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week's teaser comes from Third Girl by Agatha Christie. Though this was my first reading, I saw a movie adaptation staring David Suchet and Jemima Rooper a few years ago — long enough ago that I could not remember all the details, only that the dénouement hinged on a portrait.



"I think there might be danger. Danger to anyone who goes poking about where they are not wanted. There is murder in the air — I do not want it to be yours."


(Chapter 6)








ABOUT THE BOOK:
Originally published in 1966

From her tousled appearance to her perplexed stare, there was so much about the young girl that struck Hercule Poirot as peculiar. But it was her vague confession to a possible murder she’s not even sure she committed that really threw the Belgian detective for a loop. What’s more, the odd bird has suddenly gone missing. Where to? No one knows. Why? No one cares. So what’s her secret? No one’s talking. But Poirot suspects it’s going to be a killer . . .




Saturday, August 20, 2016

Random Photo: Already?!

It's one thing to see all the mums appearing outside
local stores, but this? This is just wrong!

Two days prior this aisle had been school supplies. 





Friday, August 19, 2016

Skywatch Friday 160









Last Friday evening, as storm clouds move through the are. 
Naturally it waited to rain until 1/2 hour before I left work.  



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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thursday Thirteen 427: More Nature Pics

A few more pics from Research Park Recreation Trails, Madison, WI . . .



Purple Coneflower


Coreopsis, on their way out


Wild Bergamot


Thistle


Wild Quinine


Compass Plant


Yellow Coneflowers


Spiderwort -- look at all those buds! 
Each flower only blooms for one day.


Look at all the wild bergamot!


Black-eyed Susan


Coreopsis, past its prime


Milkweed seed pods, thistle, Primrose


Coneflowers, wild bergamot



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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Teaser Tuesday 324: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



I don’t know why I had never read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl before now, but when I happened upon a copy for fifty cents at the library used book sale, I snapped it up and devoured it in one day (along with a bit of chocolate, of course). It was interesting noting the differences between the classic movie and the book as I read, and I had to I follow it up with another viewing of the movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Since most people have read the book and/or watched one of the two movie versions, or are at least familiar with the premise, I feel I can share the following without spoiling anything.


Charlie picked it up and tore off the wrapper . . . and suddenly . . . from underneath the wrapper . . . there came a brilliant flash of gold.

Charlie's Heart stood still.


(Chapter 11)






ABOUT THE BOOK:

Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory is opening at last! But only five lucky children will be allowed inside . . . and what Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, Mike TeaVee, and Charlie Bucket find it is even wilder than any of the wild rumors they've heard!





Monday, August 15, 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Thursday Thirteen 426: Research Park Recreation Trails

Saturday morning before work, I walked a sort of new-to-me path. For weeks, I had noted that the bit of restored prairie by the West Transfer Point, which I travel through a few times a week, was filled with Queen Anne's Lace and something purple. From that vantage point though, one cannot tell what all that purple is. So, Saturday morning I left for work early, as I wanted to stop by the Sequoya Library used book sale first (first Saturday of every month at West Gate Mall). Because of how messed up some of the routes are, that meant I also had a half hour to kill before the book sale. So, I figured it was an opportune time to walk through that bit of prairie.

The Research Park Recreational Trails are comprised of one and a half acres, much greater than the small area I wandered through, extending all the way north to Mineral Point Rd and linking several different facilities. There are access points both east and west of the WTP on Tokay Blvd. I entered via the one just east of the Transfer Point, near the corner of Whitney Way (across from Walgreen's), and took the right fork. This meandered more or less east/northeast, eventually ending at the sidewalk on Whitney Way near Research Park Blvd. I turned left at that corner and walked west until I came to another entry point that led south back to the WTP. (Satellite map here -- you can see the bus depot at bottom, on Tokay Blvd, and section I am talking about bordered by Whitney and Research Park Blvds.)

It shouldn't surprise anyone that there was so much more to see than the naked eye could discern from any of the bordering streets. I was pleased to discover that the majority of the purple was wild bergomot, but there was also purple coneflowers, wild chicory, and thistle. There were also black-eyes susans, yellow coneflowers, compass plant, rattlesnake master, Canadian tick-trefoil, curly dock, spiderwort and so much more. I easily identified at least twenty different plants. The one thing I was surprised not to see was goldenrod, which has started to bloom. I will have to make a note to check out this area again later this month or sometime in September for asters or gentians.

Here are a few photos from my half hour walk.




Wild Bergamot and Yellow Coneflowers


Yellow Coneflowers


Spiderwort


Wild Quinine


Black-Eyed Susans 


Compass Plant


Purple Coneflowers


Rattlesnake Master


Primrose


Canadian Tick Trefoil


Milkweed Pods


St John's Wort


A broad view of Research Park Trails -- Whitney Way is to 
right of photo, Tokay Blvd behind me, Transfer Point to my left.




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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Wordless Wednesday 229: Lady Cardinal





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Teaser Tuesday 323: Death is Like a Box of Chocolates

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week’s teaser comes from Death is Like a Box of Chocolates by a new-to-me author, Kathy Aarons, which I read in July.


I don't know what clued me in that the car coming up behind me was a problem. It slowed down as it rounded the corner, like drivers always did when surprised by a runner in the road.

But then I heard the driver gun the engine.






ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Chocolate Covered mystery #1


Whether it's to satisfy a craving for chocolate or pick up the hottest new bestseller, the locals in charming West Riverdale, Maryland, are heading to Chocolates and Chapters, where everything sold is to die for . . .

Best friends Michelle Serrano and Erica Russell are celebrating the sweet rewards of their combined bookstore and chocolate shop by hosting the Great Fudge Cook-off during the town's Memorial Day weekend Arts Festival. But success turns bittersweet when Main Street’s portrait photographer is found dead in their store, poisoned by Michelle's signature truffles.

As suspicion mounts against Michelle, her sales begin to crumble and her career seems whipped. With Erica by her side, Michelle must pick through an assortment of suspects before the future of their dream store melts away . . .

FIRST IN A NEW SERIES

Includes Scrumptious Chocolate-Making Recipes!






Monday, August 08, 2016

Defy Labels

Awesome Olympics commercial!









Saturday, August 06, 2016

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Skywatch Friday 159






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Thursday Thirteen 425: Evening Walk

From a walk along the bike path Tuesday evening. I confess, had I known it was as humid and uncomfortable as it was, I probably would not have gone. Will definitely not be walking tonight, either, as the temp is to reach 90F today, with a heat index near 100. Yuck!






























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